1st Edition

Educational Change and Development in the Asia-Pacific Region
Challenges for the Future

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ISBN 9789026516276
Published January 1, 2000 by Taylor & Francis
360 Pages

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Book Description

The past twenty years have seen abundant changes in education in many parts of the world. Some of the reform efforts, such as those in North America and Europe, are well documented. However, there has been an equally strong movement towards reform in Asia and the Pacific region, and this is not nearly as widely known. This book intends to redress the balance, by demonstrating clearly that the search for improvement in the area of student achievement is a world-wide search. It also shows that many of the strategies and achievements adopted in the West do not and cannot apply in countries that are still struggling to ensure that every student gets to go to school. This book contains eleven reports from countries in the Asia-Pacific region that identify a diversity of critical issues, policy responses, and practical applications, all of which are aimed at improving the quality of education. The chapters throw into relief the fact that the concerns for quality, equity and continuous improvement that are evident in Western nations are also of crucial concern to those in Asia and the Pacific region. The book concludes with a chapter identifying some of the critical issues that must still be addressed if the twin aims of quality and equity are to be achieved. This book is essential reading for all educational researchers, practitioners and policy makers throughout the world.

Table of Contents

PREFACE 1. Charting the progress: influences that have shaped education in the Asia-Pacific region Tony Townsend and Yin Cheong Cheng
2. Educational change and development in Hong Kong: effectiveness, quality, and relevance Yin Cheong Cheng
3. Japanese education for the 21st century: educational issues, policy choice, and perspectives Shin'ichi Suzuki
4. Recent changes and developments in Korean school education Young-Hwa Kim
5. The politics of educational change in Malaysia: national context and global influences Molly N.N. Lee
6. Educational change and development in the People's Republic of China: challenges for the future Tang Xiaojie and Wu Xiaoyu
7. Educational change and development in Singapore S. Gopinathan and Ho Wah Kam
8. Social change and educational development in Taiwan, 1945 Peter Wen-jing Shan and Jason Chien-chen Chang
9. The challenge of educational reform in Thailand: Jing Jai, Jing Jung, and Nae Norn Phillip Hallinger, Panomporn Chantarapanya, Umporn Sriboonma and Pornkasem Kantamara
10. The challenge to change: opportunities and dangers for education reform in Australia Tony Townsend
11. New Zealand - innovation and tensions in a devolved education system Cathy Wylie
12. Reforming education in Pacific Island countries: A case study Tony Townsend
13. Educational change and development in the Asia-Pacific region: trends and issues Yin Cheong Cheng and Tony Townsend

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